We’re not here for long enough to worry.
on the couch PHIL JAMIESON MUSICIAN
A vivid childhood memory is … I moved with my family from Sydney to Bourke [in north-west NSW] in 1983 when I was four or five. The Darling River flooded and I remember lots of red mud and water. It was the first time I experienced the full force of nature. My most treasured possession is … a carved wooden castle my grandfather had in his Castle Caravan Shop in [Sydney’s] Castle Hill. The word that best describes me is … nuts, in a good way. My first job was … I’ve never had a job. I joined [rock band] Grinspoon when I was 17 … now the band is in hiatus [and] I have no resumé, I have never been gainfully employed. My favourite smell is … I’ve been cooking a bit as I don’t have a job and my wife works. I like the smell of cooking; last night it was meatloaf and tonight it’s paprika chicken. A book I couldn’t put down was …. A Confederacy of Dunces [by American novelist John Kennedy Toole]; I loved that. A song that gives me goosebumps is … Covered in Chrome by Violent Soho. I relax by … taking my dog to the beach. And I like beer. My greatest achievement has been … the family my wife and I have created. I had to alter my behaviour to make that work. I had to grow up. And then with the band, all the songs we wrote and travelling together for 18 years, that’s an achievement as well. The person I most admire is … not [federal Education Minister] Christopher Pyne. My next challenge is to … go on stage and sing The White Album [by the Beatles] in July with three other guys. And I’ve got to vacuum and wash up and fold the washing this afternoon. The point of life is … to have some fun. We’re not here for long enough to worry. Jamieson, 37, lives in Port Macquarie, NSW. He joins Chris Cheney from The Living End, Tim Rogers from You Am I, Josh Pyke and a 17-piece orchestra to perform the White Album Concert at QPAC Lyric Theatre, next Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. Whitealbumconcert.com